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“I read about 3/4 of the book. It is well written but at some point it dragged and I lost interest. Itr may be that the science was just beyond me.”see full review » see other reviews »
“The book unfolds in different layers. It is an autobiography of a Nobel Laureate. It is the story of the scientific achievements of a great scientist. It is the history of the developments in the field of neurobiology. It is a description of the scientific approach to understand memory and brain. It is also a great story of the reductionism in biological sciences and story of reductionism at its best. It is a remarkable book on each of these areas.”Mahabaleshwar Hegde wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting analysis of the study of neurophysiology”Joseph Ajzenman wrote this review Sunday, April 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read about 3/4 of the book. It is well written but at some point it dragged and I lost interest. Itr may be that the science was just beyond me.”Michael T wrote this review Wednesday, September 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“good book. makes you realize that kandel is a person! with a wife, and feelings, and a good tennis game. ”Mike K wrote this review Wednesday, February 17, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“You don't have to understand Italian or French to enjoy an opera. You can simply let the rich textures of the melodies, the pageantry of the production, and the passion of the composer carry you along on a musical journey. Likewise, you don't have to understand biology to enjoy this remarkable book by the preeminent neuroscientist Eric Kandel, In Search of Memory. You can simply allow yourself to be carried along during the unfolding of his life story, a multicolored tapestry of experiences, which began in Vienna as a young Jewish boy driven from his home by Nazi policemen, and which culminated, many years later, in Stockholm, where he received the Nobel Prize for his work on the biological basis of memory. Now, of course, if you happen to understand Italian or French, it can greatly add to your enjoyment of an opera, since you can grasp the story that the composer was actually telling through the lyrics. And if you have some background in biology, or even better, neuroscience, then this book takes on added value as a marvelous tutorial in the history and significance of many of the fundamental scientific discoveries that serve as the pillars of modern neuroscience.
Either way, Kandel allows his readers to share, often in remarkably intimate detail, the events that profoundly shaped his personal and scientific development. He is a man of many passions. The three that emerge and are intertwined throughout this book are his deep appreciation of his Jewish heritage, his love of history, and his passion for science. These three themes constantly recur as we join him on his journey In Search Of Memory.
Taken frm the journal "NEURON" .... anand”
“Eric Kandel is the winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in medicine or biological science. The book is a great mix of his life story and the biology of memory which he pioneered. His life starts in Vienna with the invasion of the Nazis and his family’s subsequent fleeing to America. It covers his initial interests Astrian literture and how that evolved into a curiosity of the mind and finally into the science of memory. It details the cellular mechanisms for short and long term memory to a molecular level. The story comes full circle during his acceptance of the Nobel Price and his reinvestment into Vienise life.”Jim G wrote this review Friday, October 16, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is written by a Nobel Laureate in a simple language. It is a mix of autobiography and research in Memory! a wonderful book indeed! ”VasudhaKamat wrote this review Saturday, July 4, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Brilliant, informative, engrossing, inspiring!!!”Gopal R wrote this review Sunday, November 9, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not terribly original, especially for someone who has read his textbook. But a good summary of results and written in a very clear manner. Recommended for somebody (with a scientific background of some sort) looking to understand advances in neuroscience of memory. ”Andy McKenzie wrote this review Friday, October 24, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A pretty accessible introduction to neuropsychology and memory by way of Kandel's life story. I find that the life story doesn't add much to my reading but Kandel's writing style and very friendly tone make a book that might have been tedious fairly lively. Kandel did some pioneering research about how memory occurs in the brain through the development of neurons and synapses in the brain. The book makes clear the long process towards any undertanding of the brain (let alone the mind) but also emphasizes the many scientists who are willing to take on this seemingly impossible endeavor.”Mary v wrote this review Monday, December 24, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No